Robert S. Bargar, creator of the Super Duper supermarket chain and former director of wholesale food distributor S.M. Flickinger Co., died last Wednesday at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 92.
Born in Jamestown, Mr. Bargar was most recently a resident of Lakewood.
He was a Jamestown High School graduate and earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce in 1941. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania Engineering School and received a post-graduate certificate in production engineering under the sponsorship of the U.S. Office of Production Engineering.
During World War II, Mr. Bargar served on the submarine tender USS Fulton in the Pacific Theater and then spent two years in Sydney, Australia, as the communications officer for the U.S. Naval Base Sydney, Service Forces, in the Southwest Pacific. He completed his naval duty at the U.S. Naval Supply Annex, Rough and Ready Island, Stockton, Calif., after having achieved the rank of lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve.
Mr. Bargar was employed for 40 years at S.M. Flickinger Co., a wholesale food distributor, succeeding his father as the resident vice president and general manager. He retired in 1982 as president of the Jamestown division. He also served 25 years as a director of the company.
During his tenure, Mr. Bargar played an active role in the transition of grocery retailing from many neighborhood Red & White stores to large Super Duper stores in a tri-state area served by the Jamestown Division of Flickinger. He originated the name Super Duper and built the chain's first store on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown, which became the foundation of a new investment company named Fluvanna Realty Corp.
He was was a past president of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of the Southern Chautauqua County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also served as a trustee of the Lake View Cemetery Association, director of the Fenton Historical Society, director of the Chautauqua County Fair Association and a 23-year member of the Jamestown Rotary Club. In 1979, he was named Man of the Year by the Jamestown Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
His wife of 57 years, Je'Anne Griffin Bargar, died in September 2006.
He is survived by two sons, David G. and Douglas C.; and two daughters, Nancy G. and Alison Bargar Churchill.
A memorial service will be held March 9 in Lind Funeral Home, 805 W. Third St., Jamestown. In addition, a summer memorial service will be scheduled at Chautauqua Institution.